Happy Thursday, friends!
I’m so glad you loved our beach pictures, I can’t wait to show you ALL of them! That might be a weekend project though 🙂
Today’s post is all about getting my butt in gear for my half marathon in two weeks, and what this week’s meal plan consists of!
But first, a little happy to get your day started. My brother sent me this and I couldn’t help but say YES to every. single. one. We had it MADE growing up!
Remember any of those??
And currently I’m loving these guys…
LOVE discovering “new to me” music.
And while we’re on the topic of “new” music, I would be lying if I said Britney Spears’ new single, “Work B****” didn’t make me run 10X faster on the treadmill the other night. Let me just tell you. My inner diva came out, and I ROCKED that last mile, even if I felt my IQ dropping with every work Britney sang. Adam agrees.
Ok, back on topic!
Getting Back Into Marathon Training
As you know, my half is in two weeks! Or…a week from this Saturday. Holy smokes. I’ve got some work to do to make up for the week at the beach I took off! I did a 10 miler at the beach that you already read about, and Tuesday night I finally got myself back to the gym for some quality treadmill time. It’s starting to get darker earlier, and to avoid having to rush home as fast after work I’ve decided to re-up my gym membership and get back on the ‘mill. Not my favorite way to train, but when I’m in a pinch and need to get in some good speed work and hill work, the treadmill is the perfect discipline!
So Tuesday night I did 5 miles, and felt great! I had forgotten how much I actually love the treadmill! If I bump up the speed, I HAVE to run fast or I’ll fall off and die, if I bump up the incline, I HAVE to run hills.It’s perfect for last minute cramming. Do as I say, not as I do.
Here’s what it broke down to if I remember correctly: mile 1-8:59, mile 2-9:05, mile 3-8:47, mile 4-8:34, mile 5-7:47
Needless to say, after not running for a week, busting out a fast run made me pretty sore yesterday! Looking forward to running it out today! I think I’m going to partially credit my good run to how much water I drank Monday and Tuesday. I made a pact with a friend to try and only drink water this week, and while I’ve failed miserably, I have decreased my caffeine intake tremendously and have noticed how much better I feel drinking more water throughout the day instead of pounding the diet cokes all afternoon!
I’m thinking my game plan for getting back into marathon training is going to go something like this:
Tuesdays & Thursdays do speed runs & hills, short milage, ~5-6 mile runs, maybe an occasional 7. Monday or Wednesday do some sort of cross training, or a long hilly walk with Truckee, and Saturdays do my long runs, easier pace closer to race pace, and NOT on the treadmill.
I’m trying to take an approach that isn’t going to burn me out. This is my first marathon, and I don’t want to kill myself trying to hit a specific time and then get hurt right before the race! I was trying to follow one of Hal Higdon’s plans…but I just can’t stick to something so structured and commit to that schedule every week, so I’m following his guidance for recommended long runs, and using my weeknight runs to train how I have time to train and do what my body knows it can handle.
When I came home, it was time for grilled cheese & tomato soup night!! This is one of my FAVORITE meals to make once the weather starts to turn, and I’m quite the grilled cheese extraordinaire if I do say so myself. This sandwich was on a fresh ciabatta loaf, with smoked gouda and mild cheddar cheese grilled to perfection on our panini press. De-lish. And easy. And cheap. BAM! Which leads me to this week’s meal plan!
Meal Planning: Week 5 (?)
We had grocery money leftover from last week since most of the week we were out of town, so I spent a little more than I usually would for 4 days of food. We are still avid Dave Ramsey program-users so yes we DO actually use the envelope system to budget our cash out for the week. You can check out how his plan works over here, The 7 Baby Steps. Basically, we pay cash for everything except bills, and work hard to pay off debt FAST. It’s a learning process, but we’ve built some great habits and love feeling like we have so much more financial freedom because we are smart with our money, and live within our means. I highly recommend looking into taking his Financial Peace University class, especially if you’re about to get married, or need to learn how to better budget your money in general. You also learn all about savings accounts, insurance, loans, dangers of debt, and all sorts of things. Very much worth your time and effort!
Anyways, I spent $60 even at the store Monday night. Obviously I could have cut more corners, but like I said we had some cash leftover so I indulged…in expensive cheese what else! Both kinds of cheese together were over $8, obviously that’s not a weekly occurrence, neither is the $8 pork tenderloin, but we were craving a good meat & potatoes night. And the box of Luna bars is like $5? So, the $60 bought our dinners for Tuesday night, Thursday night, and lunch and breakfast for the whole week. Monday night was already provided, last night was date night because we had a coupon, and Friday night is pizza night! Saturday is usually a “we’ll see where we are when we’re hungry” kind of day, and Sunday we’re hoping to make it back to small group!
Do you meal plan? What new music are you listening to right now? Do you love or hate the treadmill?
One last thing, RIP Boogie. So sad!